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The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to Ocean City, MD, in October

Temperatures drop, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had when you visit Ocean City, MD, in October. In fact, it might just turn into your favorite time to unwind in our coastal paradise! October offers an opportunity to take advantage of the peaceful beaches, fewer crowds, free parking, and so much more. We could go on and on listing the benefits! Learn everything you need to know about Ocean City in October and look to Vantage Ocean City Rentals to find the ideal property for your upcoming trip.

Know Before You Go: Ocean City, MD, in October

Weather

On average, temperatures in Ocean City hover between 65 to 75 degrees during the day and 40 to 50 degrees in the evenings. So, you can still enjoy several warm days in the sun as you stroll along the beach and Ocean City Boardwalk! Just remember to dress in layers or bring a light sweater if you plan on staying outside to enjoy the sunset views or outdoor dining spots. 

Activities

It might be the off-season and a few seasonal attractions like the Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® close, but don’t worry. There are still so many fun activities to enjoy and businesses to check out in October. Here are some ideas that you can experience without all the crowds of peak season:

Events

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is in Ocean City, MD. There are always reasons to celebrate, and you’re welcome to join all of the excitement with us! Whether you’re into car shows or beer fests, there’s an event for you in October. Of course, there are several Halloween festivities, too! This is just a tiny taste of what to expect:

Additional Tips and Info

  • Pets are welcome on the Ocean City Boardwalk and beach beginning on October 1 as long as you keep them on a leash.
  • You’re also free to enjoy a bike ride along the boardwalk at any time starting on October 1.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty in October, so be careful when swimming.
  • Please visit the websites or call ahead before visiting a specific attraction since some of them close in October.

Make the Most of Your Visit


Enjoy exclusive deals and special two-night rentals that aren’t available in the summertime.

Are you ready to experience Ocean City, MD, in October this year? Take the first step with us at Vantage Ocean City Rentals! We have over 500 excellent properties, and you can enjoy exclusive deals and special two-night rentals that aren’t available in the summertime. Plus, with such a wide variety of rentals in locations throughout the area, you’re sure to find the perfect option for you. Whether you’re planning a romantic anniversary or a large family reunion, finding your happy place is simple!

Browse our vacation rentals and reserve your favorite today!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


What Makes the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum so Fascinating?

If you take a journey to the southern end of the Ocean City Boardwalk, you can begin another journey back in time at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. It overlooks the inlet, making it perfect for either a starting or ending point for your boardwalk adventures. Best of all, it’s an incredible attraction, in itself, that only costs $5 for adults and $3 for children from 12 to 18 years old (children under 11 enjoy free admission!) Take a look inside the next time you’re in the downtown area and discover a whole world of artifacts and information you never knew existed. 

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum makes for a great afternoon, and booking your property with Vantage Ocean City Rentals makes for a remarkable vacation. Browse our collection of properties today!

What You’ll See at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

1. The Permanent Collection

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is open every day May through October from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the off-season. No matter when you visit, you can count on seeing some spectacular exhibits. You can enjoy a piece of international beaches with the “Sands From Around the World” exhibit, step into a time machine and enjoy attractions from years ago on the boardwalk of the past, see how surfing evolved in Ocean City, and so much more. 

2. Special Exhibits

Of course, sometimes, you get to enjoy special exhibits as bonus treats. These include rotating artifacts and displays on topics such as the commercial fishing industry and the history of Native Americans on Lower Delmarva. You never know what you’ll find the next time you visit! You can also learn about the United States Life-Saving Service, other Life-Saving Stations, and take a deep dive into the timeline and genealogical records of our historically rich destination.

3. Free Summer Programs

Once the warm weather arrives, so do free events and programs throughout Ocean City, Maryland! The Ocean City Life-Saving Station has plenty of free programs during peak season, and they’re perfect for family vacations. Some of the examples include nautical knot-tying lessons from US Coast Guard Auxiliary, aquarium feedings, and even educational programs about the wildlife that soars overhead and swims throughout our local waters.

Plan Your Ocean City Vacation Today!

We have over 500 beautiful properties to choose from.

You don’t have to worry about the stress of finding the perfect vacation rental for your next trip because we make the process simple! We have over 500 beautiful properties to choose from, and a whole team of vacation experts ready to speak with you and turn your dream into a reality. Plus, many of our properties are located right along the Ocean City Boardwalk, so you can walk to your favorite attractions, like the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum!

Don’t wait for your happy place to come to you. Explore our list of properties and find it today!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


Summer on Sale Deals in Ocean City

It may be late summer, but vacation season is still in full swing. Whether you crave outdoor fun in the sun or long lazy days relaxing by the pool, there’s still plenty of time to make memories with family and friends. Don’t let summer 2019 pass you by—book a last-minute Ocean City, Maryland, getaway today.

Ocean City is always ready to show you a great time. Spend your days strolling on the wide sandy beaches, unwind on a private balcony or enjoy the amenities at a beautiful resort. When you’re ready to leave your home away from home, head into town for beach fireworks, fishing, outdoor movies, sundaes in the park or the weekly OC beach dance party. The Ocean City, MD, events calendar is packed with year-round fun.

Booking a fantastic Ocean City vacation rental is easy with Vantage. We have openings at some of our most popular properties. Many of these rentals are available at discounted rates for the last few weeks of the season. Book direct with us now[to squeeze more out of summer!

Sunset Island 6 HCW 2E

Take advantage of the 37-acre gated private island’s amazing amenities.

Gorgeous views of the bay await you at this bright Sunset Island condo. You’ll love sipping your morning coffee on your private balcony while gazing out at the water. Inside, kick back in front of three flat-screen TVs, snooze in the luxurious master bedroom or work your culinary skills in the updated open kitchen.

When you step outside, take advantage of the 37-acre gated private island’s amazing amenities. With the feel of a resort, the architecture is reminiscent of a classic beach town. The community boasts three private beaches, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boat slips, a crabbing pier and an island café and pool bar. Better still, the waterfront condo is close to all the amenities: The resort is only two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and minutes to nearby restaurants.

Beach Place North 21

This inviting home provides a perfect mix of indoor/outdoor living.

Time to perfect your freestyle—you can practically swim to Beach Place North. Full of rustic charm and located fewer than 70 yards from the ocean, the spacious three-story property sleeps ten guests and is perfect for entertaining. Even with a large group of friends or extended family, you can easily get away from it all.

Head to the oversized second-floor deck to enjoy summer’s end or take in even more dramatic views from the third-floor balcony. This inviting home provides a perfect mix of indoor/outdoor living. Your feet will practically be in the sand when you step out the front door, but to make things a little more luxurious, the Beach Place North community has its own boardwalk walkway leading right to the sand. A true getaway, the house is in peaceful Midtown Ocean City, MD, the least crowded slice of town.

Avalon 603

Relax in this updated condo less than one block from the beach.

Leave your worries at the door and relax in this updated condo less than one block from the beach. With open-concept living spaces and two luxurious master suites, it’s the perfect choice for families vacationing together.

When you want to take in the ocean air without leaving home, step out to the furnished balcony or find ultimate relaxation in the condo’s deep soaking tub. In the kitchen, the long breakfast bar is perfect for some family time before everyone races to the beach.

Heading out to the resort, Avalon’s indoor pool is perfect for taking a dip year-round.  There’s also a sauna and rooftop deck to enjoy. When the great outdoors beckon, empty the fully-stocked beach locker, grab folding chairs and bring a boogie board to the waves. Ready to hit the town? At Avalon, you’re only a short walk from some of Ocean City, Maryland’s best shops and restaurants. Popular 58-acre Northside Park is within strolling distance too.

Lost Colony 371

You can leave the car behind and enjoy the sand and surf every day of your vacation.

Walking to the beach is a breeze from this charming end-unit condo in peaceful North Ocean City. You can leave the car behind and enjoy the sand and surf every day of your vacation. Or make the most of your time with family and friends in the well-appointed property. Boasting inviting open-concept living spaces, there’s also a large balcony where you can wind down and breathe in the end of summer. An outdoor pool is just a short walk from the condo.

When you’re ready to venture out and enjoy everything Ocean City, MD, has to offer, you’ll discover that the surrounding area is a perfect balance of peaceful and bustling. Near the condo are popular restaurants as well as mini golf, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, a movie theater and a beautiful bayfront park complete with fishing pier. If you’re looking for even more energy, Ocean City’s downtown boardwalk is just a short drive away.

Swann Keys

Enjoy a fully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Traveling with a large group? This beautiful single-family home sleeps 13 and is big not only on size, but on wow factor. With tasteful modern interiors—a fully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and multiple elegantly furnished outdoor spaces are just some of the highlights—this Swann Keys community home is luxury central.

There’s hardwood flooring throughout the house, upscale furnishings in every room and both an expansive porch and upper deck to take in the panoramic canal views. Kids and kids at heart alike will love the bonus room outfitted with a TV and full-sized pool table.

If the waterways are more your style than the highways, you can reach the property by boat. There’s a docking area behind the home and a boat ramp located nearby. This is a hard house to leave, but if you manage, you’re minutes from downtown Fenwick Island, Ocean City, Bethany Beach and the popular Freeman Stage—home to live entertainment through September.

Tamarindo 5606-4

You’ll enjoy easy living inside this updated townhouse where the emphasis is on “new.”

Grab the towels and sunblock—this open and airy property in Midtown Ocean City is just a short walk from the beach. When you’re not taking in the best of the outdoors, you’ll enjoy easy living inside this updated townhouse where the emphasis is on “new.” With all the amenities that you need, the property also boasts four brand new flat-screen TVs, plus new living room furniture and bedding in all three bedrooms. There’s also a two-car garage and two furnished balconies with direct views of the outdoor pool.

At Tamarindo, you’re not only in walking distance to the beach, but also just a stroll away from Ocean City, Maryland, favorites like Fager’s Island, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill and Maui Golf.

Book your last-minute vacation rental today!

Call one of our reservationists at 410-723-2002 to plan your trip.

Make the most of summer and escape to Ocean City, Maryland. Don’t wait, because these popular Vantage properties will go fast. Be sure to book direct online for the lowest possible rates. Or call one of our reservationists at 410-723-2002 to plan your trip. Find more properties at VantageOceanCity.com.

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About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

5 Benefits of Visiting Ocean City, Maryland, in the Off-Season

Have you ever dreamt about having the beach all to yourself? It’s not necessarily wishful thinking! Most travelers know that Ocean City is great during the summer months, but not many people realize how fantastic it can be during the rest of the year. The weather cools down, but the different seasons also add a variety of benefits to your stay. You can take scenic, serene strolls on the beach and pick up seashells, avoid road traffic, and escape the crowds that the summertime attracts. Plus, the all-around slower pace is perfect for relaxing retreats and extended getaways. No matter when you visit, you can count on Vantage Ocean City Rentals to help you make the most of it. Browse our properties today and find your happy place!

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ocean City, Maryland, in the Off-Season

1. Fewer Crowds

One of the top benefits of going to Ocean City in the off-season is that there are fewer people at the beach, boardwalk, and local attractions. That means you can take your time and enjoy your favorite things to do without dealing with crowds or feeling rushed. If you’re seeking retail therapy, you won’t have any trouble finding excellent spots for shopping in Ocean City, MD. There are options for everyone, from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to the Outlets Ocean City, which offers big-name brand items at major discounts.

Are you ready for a bite to eat? There are several local restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside Bar & Grill. Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St. It’s open on weekends and features a beautiful, bayfront beach with a playground for the kids. Off-season fishing trips are also available there on the weekends. Reel in some impressive rockfish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal!

Tip: The off-season is the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore, especially after storms. Rare marine animals also make an appearance every now and then, like migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.

2. Cooler Weather

Of course, if you’re a fan of milder temperatures, visiting Ocean City in the off-season is a clear choice. Fall and spring still offer decently warm, but not too hot, days with those cool, coastal breezes. It’s the ideal environment to spend a day outside enjoying your favorite outdoor activities without having to take all those breaks to duck inside for shade. You might need a warm jacket in the wintertime, but all of the festivities at Northside Park and holiday cheer throughout Ocean City is sure to warm your heart. Sipping on a cup of hot cocoa while you admire the display at the Winterfest of Lights helps, too!

3. Free Parking

Not only is it easier to find parking spots than in the summer, but parking is also completely free from November 1st through March 31st! Even though we’re happy to help you find the ideal Ocean City vacation rental within walking distance of your favorite activities and attractions, it doesn’t hurt being able to enjoy free parking if you’d like to mix it up and drive somewhere a little further away. It might seem like a minor benefit, but you’re sure to appreciate it at some of the more popular spots, especially in the downtown area of Ocean City, MD.

4. Boardwalk Bike Rides

While there are several regulations in place for riding a bike on the Ocean City Boardwalk in the summertime, the same rules aren’t enforced during the off-season. There are no restrictions for bike riding on the boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day. Head down to the boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite cafe for a cup of coffee. Or, enjoy a romantic bike ride with your sweetheart in the evening!

Tip: Springfest and Sunfest are the only exceptions in the off-season — you’re only allowed to ride on the boardwalk from 2:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

5. Pet-Friendly Beaches

What’s a family vacation without Fido? Another wonderful benefit of visiting in the off-season is that you can bring your loyal, furry, four-legged pal along with you on the beach! Dogs are welcome to stroll the beach and boardwalk with you from October 1st through April 30th, as long as you keep them on a leash. They’ll love exploring the coastline with you! We even have a variety of pet-friendly vacation rentals that are perfect for your getaway with the whole family.

Bonus Benefit: Budget-Friendly Vacation Rentals


Enjoy a quick getaway with our two-night rentals in the off-season!

We’ll let you in on one more secret before you decide what your ideal time to visit Ocean City, MD, is. You can grab some great deals on your vacation rentals during the off-season! Vantage Ocean City Rentals has a long list of options, and you get to enjoy our top-notch properties at a fraction of what they cost in peak season. Plus, you’re welcome to enjoy a quick getaway with our two-night rentals in the off-season! Browse our current specials, budget-friendly properties, and book direct with us to make the most of your next vacation!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.



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How Vantage Vacation Rentals Is Not Like OTAs

Ocean City rental property owners often ask: What’s the difference between Vantage’s services and those of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) like Airbnb and Vrbo? 

It’s a fair question, one with many answers. Before we get into them, it’s important to note this article is not intended to disparage OTAs. On the contrary, we are big customers of theirs and use their sites to get the broadest possible coverage for our property owners. 

Plus, we do share some things in common. For instance, Airbnb, Vrbo and sites like them are all in the short-term rental business. Vantage is, too. Those companies serve clients and guests in the Ocean City, Maryland, area. So do we. And we all rely on the Internet to promote properties and support guest relations. 

But the distinctions between us are many, and property owners should be aware of them.

The personal, local touch

We take the work, and the worry, out of renting out your property with a full menu of personalized services.

It’s extremely rare for OTAs like Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway and TripAdvisor to set foot on or even see an Ocean City property like yours. They don’t interact personally with you. And they don’t do anything to the property itself. 

Vantage does all of the above, and then some.  

For more than 10 years, we’ve partnered with Ocean City property owners to maximize their revenues and minimize their level of effort at every phase of the rental process. We take the work, and the worry, out of renting out your property with a full menu of personalized services, including:

  • Accurate, compelling listings. Our experts will write the optimum listing for your property, capturing its details and casting them in their best light. We’ll even handle all the professional photography. You can’t get that with Vrbo or Airbnb. We’ll also help you determine competitive rates in the fast-changing Ocean City, MD, rental market and proactively promote your property to a targeted list of prospective guests via email, social media, blog posts and other channels.
  • Bookings and reservations. Vantage has its own website and dedicated reservation specialists to handle all bookings from your guests. And you can keep tabs on progress through our secure Owner Portal. 
  • Guest relations and communications. From the very first interaction through checkout, we keep your guests informed to make their vacation experience as pleasant as possible. Because we’re local, we can offer recommendations they won’t find anywhere else for activities, dining, nightlife and more.  
  • Cleaning and maintenance. When you partner with Vantage, you can rest assured your property will remain clean and well kept. We conduct regular inspections and share the reports with you. And you can use our professional vendors or your own for cleaning and repairs. Should any issues arise with your property in the middle of the night, on holidays or really any time, Vantage will take care of it. 
  • High-tech security and energy efficiency. We’re proud to offer smart energy management and high-tech access for your guests, thanks to our partnership with PointCentral Home Technology. 
  • Accounting. Our own professional accounting staff does all the hard work and heavy lifting for you. We process income and expenses. We remit state and local taxes for you. We keep records of everything from revenues and repairs to 1099 forms. And we deliver clear and concise statements to you on a regular basis. 

In short, Vantage offers you a complete turnkey solution ready to do whatever it takes to get the greatest returns for your Ocean City, MD, property investment. 

A focused approach

Here’s another big difference between Vantage and the OTAs: They’re intentionally serving a much, much broader audience. They’re offering products and services that have little or nothing to do with you and your Ocean City property, such as: 

  • Home sharing 
  • Trailers
  • Mobile homes 
  • Extended stays 
  • Campsites 

If their approach is like a floodlamp, ours is more like a laser. We have a team devoted solely to boosting bookings in Ocean City, Maryland. We have offices here. We even work with local vendors to negotiate discounts for your guests. It’s just one of the many things we do to help you increase your bookings and repeat bookings.

A single point of contact

When you team with Vantage, you get your own personal point of contact.

When you team with Vantage, you get your own personal point of contact who orchestrates all of our resources on your behalf. And that’s a big team: It includes account representatives, marketing specialists, client-services professionals, reservationists, guest services specialists and property-care pros. One call or email to your contact takes care of everything.

Learn more about the Vantage advantage

We’ve covered just a few of the services and benefits that set Vantage apart. For the full story on how Vantage Vacation Rentals helps you maximize revenues with minimum effort, give us a call at 800-555-4099, option 5. Or visit the vacation rental management services section of www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.




What Are the Best Wedding Venues in Ocean City, MD?

Have you met that special someone that you’d like to spend the rest of your life with? It’s a magical feeling when that happens, and it deserves an equally magical celebration of love. We know that there are several steps in the planning process, and selecting a location might be one of the most important decisions you make. We thought we’d help simplify everything by compiling a list of fantastic wedding venues in Ocean City, Maryland. Take a look and get one more step closer to embarking on the next great journey with your loved one. Don’t worry about lodging, either, because we’ve got you covered with that, too. Explore our long list of Ocean City rentals to find the ideal properties for you and your attendees near the venues!

Say “I Do” at Some of the Best Ocean City, MD, Wedding Venues

The Beach

When you picture your ideal wedding, does it involve gorgeous, coastal views? An Ocean City beach wedding might be perfect for you! You can set up on the public beach for a beautiful yet still affordable option. Or, consider renting space on a private beach for the same stunning scenery without as many crowds or distractions. Either way, it’s going to be a remarkable day. Check out Rox Beach Weddings for planning help and browse their convenient packages!

The Love Boat

Beach weddings are always an excellent and unique way to promise your love for one another. However, if you’d like to take it one step further and depart from the mainland, you’re welcome to enjoy a wedding cruise with Barefoot Beach Bride. Their Love Boat Sail Package includes a scenic boat ride, a photographer, a non-denominational officiant, and more with room for up to six guests. It’s a fantastic option for smaller weddings that you’ll all remember for years to come.

Harrison’s Harborwatch

If you’ve ever made reservations for dinner at Harrison’s Harborwatch, you know their food is excellent. Did you know they also host weddings, as well? Their venue comes with breathtaking views of the ocean, the bay, and even Assateague Island. Plus, you know you’re going to get delicious and convenient catering options since it’s a local, Ocean City restaurant!

Seacrets

Would you like to tie the knot in Jamaica, but the logistics of it all wouldn’t quite work? Don’t worry. You can always have a wedding celebration at Seacrets, also known as Jamaica, USA! This location is ideal for couples that are looking for a fun, casual, event with those laid-back Caribbean vibes. There are both outdoor and indoor spaces to choose from, and you can have your wedding here at any time of year! Of course, Seacrets is known for providing plenty of excitement, so this local hotspot is ideal for your bachelor and bachelorette parties, too!

Roland E. Powell Convention Center

If you’ve ever attended one of the incredible, year-round events here, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in the Mid-Town section of Ocean City, MD. It’s not only for huge conventions and events. It’s also great for weddings in Ocean City! This large building has plenty of space for guests with several meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace, and even a ballroom on the bayfront. Make sure you put it on your list of options to consider!

Planning Tips:

  • Plan well in advance.
  • If you’d like an outdoor wedding in the summer, consider a sunrise or sunset wedding because of the heat.
  • Try not to overlap your wedding day with a local event due to the potential crowds.
  • Remember to apply for a local marriage license with the Worcester County Circuit Court.
  • Ocean City doesn’t have a Justice of the Peace, so remember to get an officiant.
  • Attend the annual Ocean City Bridal Show for ideas prior to your wedding.

Check out the list of local activities and attractions for you and the wedding party.

Find All the Lodging You Need for Your Wedding


Don’t forget that we go beyond all of these wedding tips and venue recommendations.

We hope we’ve been able to help simplify the planning process for your dream wedding in Ocean City, Maryland! Don’t forget that we go beyond all of these wedding tips and venue recommendations. Vantage Ocean City Rentals is also the go-to, trusted company for top-notch lodging! We have a list of over 500 properties throughout the area, so it’s easy to find the ideal vacation rentals for everyone attending the wedding — especially for you and your special someone!
Browse the possibilities today and find your happy place. We wish you all the best for your upcoming wedding!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Best Rainy Day Activities in Ocean City

It’s raining, it’s pouring—but lucky for you, there’s no shortage of indoor activities in Ocean City, Maryland. Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying family-friendly activities, whether you’re looking for something active or just want to take it easy.

Of course, there’s no better excuse to sleep in than a rainy beach day. Browse Vantage’s cozy abodes for the perfect place to take shelter from the storm.

Family fun, minus the sun

Catch a flick and munch on some popcorn.

Rainy day activities for kids happen in Ocean City, MD, and beyond. Just a short drive away in Fenwick Island, Delaware, DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is a favorite among Ocean City visitors year after year. Home to about 10,000 artifacts, the museum preserves the area’s maritime heritage through hands-on experiences like visits, lectures and programming. As new artifacts are recovered, the museum expands and changes over time, giving you something new to look forward to next year.

For a distinct and engaging afternoon, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! never fails to disappoint. Conveniently located on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, this quirky hub of galleries and activities includes a mirror maze, laser race and other newly renovated attractions. Use the code SUMMER19 for 20% off your visit!

Who doesn’t love a trip to the movies? Catch a flick and munch on some popcorn at one of Ocean City’s popular theaters: Sun & Surf on 143rd, Fox Gold Coast on 113th or Flagship Premium Cinemas in West Ocean City.

Friendly competitions aplenty

Head to OC Lanes for a game!

Bowling is a classic among rainy day activities in Ocean City, MD. Head to OC Lanes for a game, some food or even a drink on 72nd Street, open year-round.  

Ocean City’s indoor mini golf courses promise just as much fun—if not more—as those that are outdoors. Old Pro Golf’s two indoor course locations at 68th and 136th Streets are top rated on Yelp, giving adults and kids alike the chance to showcase their skills. 

Escape Rooms have risen in popularity as a fun way for families to work together and find a way out! Ocean City, Maryland’s Escapomania has three locations with a variety of themed rooms and levels of difficulty. Bring the whole gang for a rainy day brain workout.

Activities for adults on rainy beach days

Test your luck at the Ocean Downs Casino.

Visiting Ocean City without kids? Head to Berlin, Maryland, to test your luck at the Ocean Downs Casino when weather keeps you off the beach. To get there, you can catch their free shuttle service at hotels throughout Ocean City, Maryland. Whether you’re a pro at poker or slots is more your speed, Ocean Downs Casino gives grownups the chance to let loose on rainy days.

Additionally, for those 21 years and older, the Seacrets Distilling Company provides tours with a historical twist. For $10, you get three free samples—and an afternoon of fun and relaxation.

Rain or shine, take it slow

Browse boutiques on rainy days at the beach.

Shopping on 67th Street has a little bit of everything: food, clothing, toys and more. Browse boutiques and taste some treats at your own pace on rainy days at the beach. The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, MD, are another great option to explore your favorite stores. 

Even on a rainy day, the Boardwalk is full of energy and activities. Stop at one of Flashback Old Time Photos’ two locations for a trip to the past, or play for the prize at Marty’s Playland. 

The Art League of Ocean City’s Center for the Arts features a two-story gallery, a pottery studio, classrooms, an art library and five working artist studios. Every month, the gallery displays new exhibits of regional and local artists where visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the arts.

Book a Vantage vacation today


Make sure you book direct with Vantage!

Vantage has plenty of places for you to stay during your Ocean City, MD, getaway. Make sure you book direct with Vantage for the best prices and availability. Call 410-723-2002 or check out VantageOceanCity.com

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

How to Have the Best Time at Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® in Ocean City, MD

Yo ho, yo ho — a fun-filled life for me! Excitement and enjoyment come easily at the pirate-themed Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® in Ocean City, MD. Are you ready to walk the plank and plunge into a world of wonder and entertainment? Read through our complete guide and learn everything you need to know before you go. We included essential information as well as some tips and tricks to make the most of your afternoons. And, for the ultimate Ocean City experience, reserve one of our vacation rentals nearby so you can walk to the parks!

The 5 Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® in Ocean City, MD

Jolly Roger Amusement Parks

If you think that there’s only one amusement park to enjoy here, think again! There are five separate Jolly Roger Parks®. They offer several different experiences, and they’re all incredible — especially for memorable family vacations! Here’s an overview of your options:

Jolly Roger at the Pier®


Save plenty of time to enjoy the amusements at Jolly Roger at the Pier®

If you’re in the downtown area near the Ocean City Boardwalk, make sure you save plenty of time to enjoy the amusements at Jolly Roger at the Pier®. It’s the perfect attraction for before or after a stroll along the boardwalk. (Although, maybe you should wait to fill up on Thrasher’s French Fries and carnival treats until after going on all of the rides.) 

The highlights of this park include the sea-monster themed Kraken, the Looping Star Roller Coaster with multiple upside-down loops, and the Slingshot for brave visitors. If you prefer a more kid-friendly, relaxing ride, don’t worry. There’s also a huge Ferris wheel that offers incredible views of the Ocean City skyline. It’s especially fun when you ride it at night, and the Ferris wheel is fully illuminated with colorful lights!
Tip: Don’t forget to check out Trimper’s Rides nearby, too. This historic park might be small, but you can have a ton of fun here!

Jolly Roger at 30th St.®

Amusement Rides Ocean City
Fun for all ages!

Another fantastic amusement park awaits your arrival a little to the north. Jolly Roger at 30th St.® has plenty of rides for the younger ones in your family as well as the adults. It’s fun for all ages! You can win prizes at the carnival games, challenge each other to miniature golf, or stick to the rides. Go for a spin on the Wild Cat roller coaster, the Flying Dutchman, the mini motorcycles, or fall in love with the popular Heart Flip. There’s also a concession stand with some tasty treats and a free circus that occurs twice a day!
Tip: Feel free to check out the Jolly Roger Amusement Park® maps online ahead of time so that you can plan your perfect day.

Splash Mountain®

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

There are so many watersports and ways to cool off during those hot, summer days in Ocean City, Maryland. Splash Mountain® is a wonderful option where you can splash and slide your way to lasting memories. There are 16 different rides here, including a lazy river, kiddie pool, and the Rain Forest that’s an ideal hangout spot for families. Of course, if you’re searching for excitement, you just need to know where to look. Keep an eye out for the Master Blaster water roller coaster, Aqualoop, Rapids Ride, and the Black Hole.
Tip: Purchase your tickets through Vantage Vacation Rentals to save up to 30% on admission! It’s just one of the many ways we like to treat our lovely guests.

Speedworld®

Grab a seat in a go-kart, release your inner speed demon!

The name says it all. Grab a seat in a go-kart, release your inner speed demon, and put the pedal to the metal! It’s the largest park of its kind on the East Coast with ten different tracks to choose from. Can you conquer them all and become the ultimate champion? You can even take a ride in a Kaiser Jeep M715 with a 1600 horse-power engine at the Shaker Experience!
Tip: Keep in mind that there are height minimums to ride on certain go-karts and tracks, but children are always welcome to enjoy the Kiddie Carts.

Jolly Roger Mini Golf®

Try mini-golf for a family-friendly experience.

There are several excellent golf courses in the Ocean City area — some of them are just miniaturized for a more bite-sized, family-friendly experience. Jolly Roger Mini Golf® actually features two mini-golf courses for twice the fun and two opportunities to prove your skills. One of them has a tropical rain forest theme while the other leads you all on a captivating treasure hunt. The courses are delightfully challenging, and the charming atmospheres add an extra layer of fun to the experience.
Tip: Consider purchasing a convenient Passport to Fun for your upcoming vacation. There are different tiers that give you access to both mini-golf courses as well as all the other parks and rides!

Make Memories at Them All With Vantage Ocean City Rentals!

You can choose a beautiful property near your favorite park and local attractions!

Do you know what these amusement parks are missing? They’re missing you! We’ll help you change that with our wide variety of available vacation rentals in Ocean City, Maryland. You can choose a beautiful property near your favorite park and local attractions, so you can walk to them all and return for some pure relaxation after exciting days in the area. 

Whether you’re traveling with a large group or your sweetheart for a romantic getaway, we have the perfect property for you. Plus, we have several special promotions and budget-friendly rentals available to help you get the most out of your vacation! Explore the possibilities today and find your happy place!

Tip: Book direct on our website for the best deal!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


Last-Minute Family Getaways Before Summer’s Gone

You’re not letting summer 2019 get away that easy. There’s still several weeks left—and plenty of time to squeeze in one last family trip to Ocean City, Maryland, before school, sports and all the extracurriculars take over your calendar. These last-minute trips are often among the best. No overthinking, no over planning, just simply enjoying time together at your happy place. Use this trip to cross off everything on your beach bucket list, like racing go-karts at SpeedWorld, conquering all the water slides, taking morning bike rides on the Boardwalk, crabbing and fishing in the bay and watching a movie together on the beach.As a bonus, Ocean City’s event schedule stays packed well into the fall. The engines are revving from August 22 –25 with OC Jeep Week and OC Bikefest September 12 –15. Take in all the fun at the 45th annual Sunfest, September 19 –22, with arts, crafts, food and live music. Check out the wonderful properties Vantage has available for your last hurrah. Many are offering discounted end-of-summer rates and Flex Stay options, which allow you to check-in any day of the week with a three-night minimum. You can find even more at VantageOceanCity.com.

Bahia Vista I 104


Fantastic views of the bay from the first floor and cool off in the refreshing pool onsite.

You don’t have to decide between a peaceful bayfront setting or proximity to all the action in Ocean City, Maryland’s bustling downtown. This luxurious three-bedroom condo lets you enjoy the best of both worlds. Take in the fantastic views of the bay from the first floor and cool off in the refreshing pool onsite.

You’re mere minutes from the beach and the Boardwalk plus some of downtown’s favorite eateries, including Hammerheads Bar & Grill, Pickles Pub, Pizza Mambo and the Candy Kitchen. Bahia Vista is the place to stay for Sunfest and other events happening near the Ocean City Inlet area.

509 Philadelphia Ave.

Gorgeous, spacious and pet friendly huge single-family home just two blocks from the beach and Boardwalk.

Gorgeous, spacious and pet friendly—make yourself right at home in this huge single-family home just two blocks from the beach and Boardwalk on 6th Street in downtown Ocean City, MD. Bring friends, extended family, everyone, because this home sleeps 19 guests quite comfortably. You get privacy and perfect places to congregate—including the front porch looking out onto Philadelphia Avenue. Fire up the backyard grill for a surf and turf cookout, followed by a cornhole tournament. There’s even more fun nearby at the public park, skate park and public crabbing spot.

Carmel Ave. 4

Spacious balconies, a fully equipped kitchen and your own private elevator.

Get away from it all in this brand-new four-bedroom townhome in West Ocean City’s “The Plantations” community. Be among the first to surround yourself with the luxuries not commonly found in a vacation home, including high-end furnishings throughout, spacious balconies, a fully equipped kitchen and your own private elevator.

If you love fresh seafood, cold drinks and good entertainment, take the short walk to Harborside Bar & Grill and the Sunset Grille. A quick drive or bus ride puts you in downtown Ocean City. Your rental also includes a pass to the nearby Assateague Island National Seashore, home of the famous wild horses. Spend a day on pristine beaches and hike the trails. At night, enjoy different kinds of horses with live harness racing at the Ocean Downs Casino.

Harbour Island View 203

This brand-new bayfront condo sleeps 10.

There’s a fabulous show waiting for you every evening at Harbour Island View, as the waters beyond your balcony glow in the crimson of a stunning sunset. This brand-new bayfront condo sleeps 10 and is conveniently located between 10th and 11th Streets. You’re only four blocks away from your day at the beach and all the popular shops and restaurants on the Boardwalk. Of course, you may decide to stay put and refresh yourself in the crystal-clear onsite pool.

Key Largo 403


A penthouse unit with over 2,600 square feet.

Guests rave about Key Largo 403, and it’s easy to see why. For starters, it’s a penthouse unit with over 2,600 square feet—a paradise for large groups. The wraparound balcony looks out over the ocean and the bay, and you even have an ocean view from the two soaking tubs. The Midtown location is hard to beat: Not only are you just half a block from the beach, you’re within easy walking distance of Ocean City, Maryland’s top restaurants and hotspots, like Seacrets, Fager’s Island and Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill. The kids will love being so close to Maui Golf and Action Watersports!

Sunset Island 10 BSD

You’ll have access to indoor and outdoor pools, private beaches, a fishing pier, fitness center, library, general store, onsite restaurants and pool bars!

From floor to ceiling, everything in this four-story townhome is brand-new and high-end. The bayside property is flush with luxurious amenities—as is the private community of Sunset Island. Across 37 lush acres, you’ll have access to indoor and outdoor pools, private beaches, a fishing pier, fitness center, library, general store, onsite restaurants and pool bars. You could spend your entire time right here in the resort. If you do want to venture out, you’re only two blocks from the ocean and a variety of Midtown dining and shopping options.

Catch summer before it’s gone!

Book a last-minute vacation rental with Vantage!

You still have time for an Ocean City, MD, vacation, but these properties won’t be available much longer. Book a last-minute vacation rental with Vantage and get every last drop of summer goodness. You can find even more properties at VantageOceanCity.com. Book direct online for the best rates or call our friendly reservationists at 410-723-2002 to get started now!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Thrilling Things to Do in Ocean City

Your heart races. Your pulse pounds. You feel your stomach drop.

You live for moments like this.

If this sounds like your idea of a perfect vacation, Ocean City, Maryland, is full of experiences just for you. Thrill-seekers have their choice of terrain: air, water and land. Some activities, like parasailing, combine domains. No matter what adventure you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of options for you and your fun-loving friends and family to explore.

Find the right place to catch your breath after a long exciting day. Browse Vantage’s current listings to choose the rental that suits your style.

The sky’s the limit

With tandem skydiving, a fully trained instructor will be in the harness with you.

Nothing screams “thrill” more than jumping out of a plane, strapped to another person, free falling at 120 MPH. At Skydive OC, adrenaline addicts can get their fix while taking in breathtaking views of the east coast and Atlantic Ocean.

Never been skydiving before? Not a problem. With tandem skydiving, a fully trained instructor will be in the harness with you to operate the parachute equipment securely. Tandem is a great option if you’d like to skip the full day of training and be ready to go in just an hour!

Take in even more of Ocean City, MD’s beautiful skyline by strapping yourself in for a wild ride with OC Parasail. You and up to two friends or family members can soar through the sky together at the altitude of your choice, from 400 to 800 feet.

Ride the wave of excitement

Hit full throttle and hang onto your hats!

Prefer the seas to the skies? We’ve got you covered. Bring your family aboard the OC Rocket, the fastest speedboat in Ocean City, Maryland. This is easily one of the best ways to spend an hour cooling off from the summer’s heat. You may even be joined by a pod of curious dolphins.

Under the Bridge Watersports offers a unique thrill: the fastest Banana Boat rides in Ocean City, MD. Peel off from the OC inlet, zooming north along Maryland’s coastline toward Delaware and back. You can also rent Jet Skis and zip around the bay behind Assateague Island at speeds of up to 55 MPH.

Speaking of speed, there’s plenty more of it when you head to Bayside Boat Rentals. Their Jet Boats are the fastest on the bay, equipped with 175 or 200 HP Mercury engines. Hit full throttle and hang onto your hats as you zoom around their eight square mile riding corridor.

Loops, spins, twirls and drops

A wet and wild time without leaving the land.

If you want a wet and wild time without leaving the land, stop by Jolly Roger Splash Mountain Water Park. Home to Popular Mechanics’ pick for #1 water slide in the country, the, Aqualoop, Splash Mountain is a must for anyone looking for an adrenaline rush.

While you’re at Jolly Roger, be sure to visit the largest go-cart facility on the East Coast: SpeedWorld. Take a wild ride in one of the 140 brand new carts debuted in the past two years. For the ultimate thrill, check out the Cyclone Cart Coaster. Combining the action of go-carts with the exhilaration of roller coasters, this one-of-a-kind ride is five stories and 1,500 feet of pure fun.

There’s even something for the budding thrill-seekers in your group. Trimpers Rides on the boardwalk offers family-friendly fun with everything from bumper cars to backwards roller coasters and teacups to tilt-a-whirls. Don’t get the wrong idea: This isn’t all kids’ stuff. If you’re feeling brave, try taking on the Tidal Wave or freefalling from the Freakout—just a few of the park’s craziest rides bringing intensity to the inlet.

Get scared silly

This is no ordinary haunted house.

What was that sound? Who’s there? If you’re ready to jump out of your flip flops, take a trip to Ocean City Screams Haunted House—an immersive experience full of fright unlike anything ever seen before at the beach. This is no ordinary haunted house. If you dare, you’ll climb aboard the mysterious S.S. Steelhead and discover what has happened on the ship in the past 50 years since it went missing. This is most definitely not for the faint of heart. Prepare to be shocked as you investigate the horrors that await within the haunted vessel.

See what all the excitement’s about

Find your place with Vantage and let the adventures begin!

What’s the biggest thrill of all? Hunting for and finding an Ocean City, MD, beach rental that keeps you close to the action and attractions. Find your place with Vantage and let the adventures begin! Make sure you book direct with Vantage to ensure you’re getting the best rates and selection. Call 410-723-2002 or check out VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.